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How to delete your Pokémon Legends: Arceus game and start over

Pokemon Legends Arceus Nintendo Switch Oled Color
Pokemon Legends Arceus Nintendo Switch Oled Color (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Nothing is quite as exciting as starting out on a brand new Pokémon adventure. With the brand new mold-breaking experiences that Pokémon Legends: Arceus gives us, you might want to replay it even more than a core Pokémon game. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to delete and restart your game file when you want to. Just follow these steps and you'll be picking your starter again in no time.

How to delete your game Pokémon Legends: Arceus

So you want to delete and restart Pokémon Legends: Arceus? Here's how to do that.

  1. From your Nintendo Switch's home screen, select System Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Data Management.Source: iMore

Pokemon Legends Arceus System Settings Switch Menu (Image credit: iMore)

  1. On the right side of the screen, scroll down to Delete Save Data.
  2. A list of your save files will appear. Click on Pokémon Legends: Arceus.Source: iMore

Pokemon Legends Arceus Main File Size (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Your Switch will remind you that deleted save data cannot be recovered. Click Delete Save Data.

Source: iMore (Image credit: Source: iMore)
  1. Your save data will be deleted. When the process is done, select OK.
  2. To get back to the Home menu, press the Home button on your right Joy-Con.Source: iMore

  1. To start a new game, simply select Pokémon Legends: Arceus from the main menu.
  2. Enjoy your game!Source: iMore and The Pokemon Company

Pokemon Legends Arceus Main Switch Menu (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Legends Arceus Starters (Image credit: The Pokemon Company)

While not the most intuitive thing in the world, it's very easy to delete your game file so you can start over. Just make sure it's something you really want to do because there's no undoing it once it's been done.

Starting over

One of the joys of playing Pokémon games is being able to replay them as much as you want. Now you can reset and restart Pokémon Legends: Arceus whenever you'd like.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend. 

1 Comment
  • Hi, I had a question regarding restarting your Legends Arceus game. In my fisrt game i received the Shaymin and Darkrai kimono set and later on the request for catching these Pokemon, because I have a save file of Pokemon sword and Brilliant Diamond on my switch. If I start a new game, will I be able to receive these items and requests again? Or are they then gone forever? this is the only thing keeping me from retsarting my game. Thank you in advance!